CPTED Surveys and TRAP Grant

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The Montrose Police Department recognizes that business owners want to protect their businesses from break-ins and thefts and deter crime from occurring both inside and outside of their businesses. Crime committed against business owners has a bottom-line cost that is often passed on to consumers in higher costs of goods. Crime also takes an emotional toll on business owners, employees, and customers and creates frustration toward the criminal justice system.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Survey

As part of our commitment to helping improve safety and security in our community, we offer CPTED surveys to businesses and nonprofits at their locations in the City of Montrose. CPTED surveys are a crime prevention approach that leverages effective design and adjustments to the physical environment to deter criminal activity, reduce victimization, and improve the overall well-being of a specific area.

Our specially trained officers can conduct a detailed CPTED survey of a location to assess the following:

  • Natural Surveillance (e.g. the configuration and placement of physical features, activities, and people that maximize the ability for occupants and/or the public to see what is occurring in a given space).
  • Territorial Reinforcement (e.g. the use of decorative fences that delineate ownership or delineate private from public space).
  • Access Control (e.g. the use of alarms, locks, security fencing etc).
  • Maintenance (e.g. a review of potential maintenance that might deter criminal or nuisance activities in the area).

Officers conduct the survey and provide recommendations and insights into physical and procedural safety and security improvements that business owners can utilize to reduce crime and increase safety. Each report is customized to the specific business and its location.

CPTED surveys are offered to businesses and non-profits within the City of Montrose free of charge. To schedule a CPTED survey, contact the Montrose Police Department at 970-252-5200.

Theft Reduction and Prevention (TRAP) Grant Program

The Montrose Theft Reduction and Prevention (TRAP) Grant is a competitive grant program designed to award 2A public safety funds as an incentive for businesses in the City of Montrose to make needed safety and security improvements based on specific criteria and available funding. These safety and security improvements will support businesses in deterring crime from occurring on their property and will increase the possibility of suspect detection should an incident occur. As part of the process, TRAP Grant applicants must work with the Montrose Police Department to arrange a CPTED survey of their location.

Requirements to Participate in the Program

  • Priority will be given to businesses that can show a history of victimization due to crime-related events that equate to monetary loss.
  • Applicants will partner with the Montrose Police Department and undergo a CPTED survey that contains written recommendations for safety and security improvements.
  • The application must be made by the property owner unless permission is granted, in writing, to the tenant by the owner. Grant-funded improvements are meant to be permanent and lasting in nature.
  • The maximum grant award without a required match is $2,500 per project, per calendar year.
  • An additional add-on matching grant of $2,500 is available. The add-on grant requires a $1:$1 match by the applicant. For example, a business could apply for a maximum of $5,000 in TRAP Grant funding so long as they contribute at least $2,500 of their own funding to the project.
  • Work must start within three months of the date of grant approval and must be completed within 12 months of grant approval. Extensions may be granted at the discretion of the city manager.
  • Applicants seeking to make exterior improvements on buildings that are designated on the City of Montrose Historic Register may need to get additional approval from the Montrose Historic Preservation Commission before the commencement of work.
  • All applicants must seek approval from the TRAP Grant committee before starting improvements. The TRAP Grant committee has the discretion to approve or deny applications for funding. The city manager or designee has final approval authority.
  • Applicants who are under contract but have not started improvements may be eligible for reimbursement. Please contact the TRAP Grant administrator.
  • Grant payments will be made directly to contractors upon completion of work once applicable invoices are submitted. The contractor will be required to submit a W9 form to receive payment.
  • For matching payments to be issued, documentation of proof of payment for the required match will be required, including receipts, invoices, copies of cleared checks, and assurance in writing from the property owner that the work has been satisfactorily completed. This program is designed for buildings that are already constructed and does not apply to new builds.
  • Only businesses physically located within the City of Montrose with 50 or fewer employees are eligible to apply for a TRAP Grant.

Grant-Eligible Actions

  • Safety and security landscaping improvements or modifications
  • Wayfinding signage
  • Improved access control
  • Locks, gates, and fencing
  • High-quality security cameras with 30-day video storage capability
  • Security alarm hardware and installation to include glass break and motion detectors
  • Noncommercial art
  • Entryway and exit renovation, wayfinding, and signage enhancements
  • Repair or replacement of windows and doors
  • Elimination of blighted conditions like dark alleys, broken fixtures, or inaccessible entryways
  • Other safety or security improvements suggested by the CPTED survey

Actions Not Covered by the Grant

  • Anything not proposed by the CPTED survey
  • Any proposed element deemed inconsistent with city codes and/or zoning
  • Commercial signs

Application Process and Requirements

  • Take a few minutes to complete the CPTED Request Form
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are expended. To be eligible for consideration in the first round of the 2024 grant program, businesses must complete the CPTED Request Form by March 20, 2024. (Additional rounds will be announced at a later date).
  • Once you have submitted a CPTED Request Form, the Police Department will reach out to schedule a CPTED survey.
  • The complete survey will be provided to you and the TRAP Grant staff as part of your TRAP Grant application packet.
  • Once you receive the CPTED report TRAP Grant staff will reach back out to you to help guide you through collecting the other materials you will need to provide the TRAP Grant committee for review.
  • Part of your final packet for the TRAP Grant committee will include:
    • Finalized safety and security plans informed by the CPTED survey, your architects, engineers, and builders.
    • Proof of at least two itemized cost estimates.
    • Your Police Department CPTED survey.

TRAP Grant staff will collect the materials from you for review and provide the packet to the TRAP Grant committee.

  • If approved, you must begin work on the project within three months, and keep a detailed and accurate accounting of actual costs.
  • Within 12 months of approval, complete the project and submit a final report with photos, invoices, and receipts.
  • If all grant requirements have been met, funds are distributed to the contractor(s).
  • Only work approved and completed after the TRAP Grant committee approval will be reimbursed. There will be no reimbursements for work completed prior to the grant approval.

Application Window: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the funds are expended. Therefore, submitting an application early in the year is recommended. To be eligible for the first round of grant funding for 2024, applicants must complete the CPTED Survey Request Form by March 20. Questions should be directed to: trapgrant@cityofmontrose.org.